Left to right: Ranger Station Art Gallery artist-in-residence Ava P. Christl, Darlene Cunningham, Billie Shauer, Bronwyn Punch, Michele Franklin, and Patti Turner wear the crowns they created at the winter solstice crown-making workshop on Dec. 21 at Harrison Memorial Hall. (Chris Duchaine/Black Press Media)

Kent Harrison Arts Council crown-making workshop celebrates winter solstice

Participants made crowns and planned to parade with lights on the longest night of the year

The Kent Harrison Arts Council celebrated winter solstice on Dec. 21 with a crown-making workshop at Harrison Memorial Hall.

The workshop, led by Ranger Station Art Gallery artist-in-residence Ava P. Christl, invited participants to bring wind-fallen boughs, willow, pliable twigs or branches, flowers and more to make the crowns, then “wear the crowns and parade along the lagoon” with lanterns, lights, and candles to light up the longest night of the year.

SEE ALSO: Lights on the Lake brings holiday cheer to Harrison Hot Springs

Christl was born in Duncan, B.C. and attended art school in Nova Scotia. In addition to drawing and painting, she has also worked as an organic gardener.

She will be the artist in residence August 2020.

SEE ALSO: Upgrades on the way for Harrison’s Ranger Station Gallery


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